Blessings for an avid reader

Your canon grows, you cannot swallow.
For every book there’s not a hollow
big enough to fill with worthless words.
May every page you read be precious
sweet, important and delicious
May every poet be another blossom
in the library — your cosmos.
May every book you shun be rubbish
that shouldn’t have been published.
May every day and night be cherished
and not a syllable be perished.
May every book you read be diamonds
a gem among the thousands.
So let your canon make you sated
conscious, good and not frustrated.

Books Got Her by Ivan Kromskoy

Paul asks us to write a blessing poem for dVerse. I wanted to direct my poem to anyone who believes that there are too many books in the world to read. Also linked to the open platfoem at toads

June 27, 2017

47 responses to “Blessings for an avid reader

  1. There are never too many books, too many poems. This is wonderful, Bjorn. And I love the illustration you’ve chosen. Your aged librarian would approve of your blessing here! 🙂

  2. What gorgeous rhyming verses ~ I love this part best:

    May every page you read be precious
    sweet, important and delicious
    May every poet be another blossom
    in the library — your cosmos.

  3. The aged librarian must be so proud of you, Bjorn – this is great!
    ‘May every poet be another blossom
    in the library — your cosmos’ – I will be at the library in the morning encouraging parents with small children (trees and saplings) to read and sing nursery rhymes.

  4. A beautiful blessing Björn and I heard the voice of your librarian here, especially in that lovely line ‘in the library — your cosmos’ :o)

  5. I especially enjoyed your humor of the rubbish that is too often published…yes, may we be steered clear of all of those. Loved this sweet poem for all of us avid readers.

  6. “all your avid readers”–yes, you have quite the following–and well deserved; some creative rhyming here; made me smile. God save us from bad books, movies, paintings, music–hear, hear,

  7. Wonderful! A blessing with lovely light touches of humor scattered through. That is such a cool idea – wish I’d thought of it!

  8. So mote it be! And right back at you. “May every book [we] read be diamonds / a gem among the thousands”, especially if we write them ourselves. 😀

  9. I don’t waste time on books if I’m not excited by 10% of the read or the first 50 pages. Yes, there are too many and we long to add more and more to the count as writers. I’m too old now to waste time on drivel.

  10. May every book you read be diamonds
    a gem among the thousands.
    So let your canon make you sated
    conscious, good and not frustrated

    There is that insistence of wanting the best for oneself so that feelings of being satiated is duly achieved.

    Hank

  11. Never sated….a blessing for those who write, read, and listen..an adjunct to your librarian series perhaps, from him to all those who love history and books and art.

  12. “May every book you shun be rubbish
    that shouldn’t have been published.”
    Cracked me up big time. I’m afraid I’ve just turned my local library into a landfill.

  13. I can so related to this poem, as more often these days I struggle to find anything worth reading, written in this century.

    May every book you shun be rubbish
    that shouldn’t have been published.

  14. Oh, I this line really resonated with me “May every book you read be diamonds
    a gem among the thousands.”
    I have this rule that if I read a book and I get to page 123 without feeling connected to the story, I walk away from it. There are more books in the world than I will ever have time to read, and I don’t want to waste time on ones that don’t speak to me. Perhaps they will speak to someone else, but if it’s not for me, I feel I just need to move on.

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